What is it about?

The authors were part of a pilot course designed to help teachers promote a sustainable mindset in their students. As part of the course, participants were asked to keep directed learning journals. We wondered whether a content analysis tool such as Leximancer could give us information about the extent to which the course had succeeded. We posed 4 questions of increasing complexity. The content analysis suggested some areas of success and some areas for improvement.

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Why is it important?

Using a content analysis tool on material such as learning journals helps to bring a professional distance that detects trends, patterns and connections and can also help to address some quality issues.

Perspectives

Content analysis using tools such as Nvivo are dependent on manual categorisation whereas Leximancer seemed to automate the process much more. However there is still variation in results. It was very interesting to process the journals in this way in order to get a more objective perspective on what our participants had written.

Anne Fox
Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

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This page is a summary of: Detecting a Sustainable Mindset through Using Content Analysis of Teacher-produced Learning Journals, Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, June 2019, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.2478/jtes-2019-0003.
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